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Meeting the world: Busy day at No 10

Gordon Brown and wife Sarah had a busy day as they greeted G20 leaders in London. Here, with pictures, is a diary of their Wednesday meetings:

EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING: FINISHING TOUCHES

Man laying red carpet at Number 10

Months of planning have gone into organising the G20 summit. Here, a Downing Street worker lays the red carpet ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama.

SHORTLY BEFORE 0900: A NERVOUS WAIT

Sarah and Gordon Brown awaiting the Obamas

The eyes of much of the world are on Gordon and Sarah Brown as they prepare to welcome the US presidential cavalcade.

A FEW SECONDS LATER: ALL SMILES?

Browns and Obamas in Downing Street

The Browns and the Obamas pose for the obligatory photographs before the two leaders get pre-G20 discussions under way and their wives go on a tour of London.

MID-MORNING: MAKE-UP CHAT

Sarah Brown and Michelle Obama at Maggie's centre, central London

On a visit to the Maggie's centre at Charing Cross Hospital, central London, Mrs Brown and Mrs Obama discuss the use of make-up by cancer sufferers. They later sit down for a cup of tea.

MEANWHILE IN WHITEHALL
Gordon Brown and Barack Obama give joint press conference

Mr Brown and Mr Obama give a press conference at the Foreign Office, during which Mr Obama says the world must show a "sense of urgency" in dealing with the financial crisis and stresses the importance of the "special relationship" between the UK and US.

MIDDAY: BACK TO NORMAL

Gordon Brown at prime minister's questions

In a break from meeting dignitaries, Mr Brown has to face prime minister's questions, as usual, in the House of Commons. He and Conservative leader David Cameron argue over the effectiveness of the government's economic policies.

EARLY AFTERNOON: MORE HANDSHAKES

Gordon Brown and Manmohan Singh

After the rough and tumble of parliamentary debate, the prime minister meets his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh.

A LITTLE LATER: ANOTHER VISITOR

Gordon Brown and Dmitry Medvedev

Mr Brown welcomes Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to 10 Downing Street. Mr Medvedev is also holding talks with Mr Obama while in London.

MID-AFTERNOON: HELLO, HELLO

Gordon Brown and Hu Jintao

Chinese President Hu Jintao is the next international dignitary to visit the UK prime minister.

DOWN TO BUSINESS

Chinese President Hu Jintao and delegation in Cabinet room

Hu Jintao and his delegation take part in talks with Mr Brown and British officials across the Cabinet table.

LATE AFTERNOON: A GUIDED TOUR

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso is shown round Downing Street

Gordon Brown shows Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso around Downing Street, including the famous staircase with pictures of past prime ministers.

EARLY EVENING: WHAT'S FOR DINNER?

Gordon Brown and Jamie Oliver

Gordon Brown checks on preparations for the leaders' dinner at No 10 with Jamie Oliver, whose team of eight chefs is cooking the meal. The menu includes Scottish salmon, Welsh lamb and Bakewell tart.

AN HOUR LATER: QUICK TRIP TO THE PALACE

Gordon Brown sits next to the Queen in a photo of world leaders after a reception at Buckingham Palace

Following a reception for world leaders hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, it is all smiles for the camera.

ABOUT 1930: WELCOMING THEIR GUESTS

Gordon and Sarah Brown and Barack and Michelle Obama

The Browns welcome their guests back to Downing Street - this time for two highly exclusive dinner parties. As G20 leaders begin their official business over a working dinner, Sarah Brown will host her own separate meal for their spouses next door at No 11.

AFTER 2000: GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS

Leaders of the world's largest economies prepare for dinner at No 10

With the formalities over, the leaders prepare to get down to business. Some hard talking is ahead with Angela Merkel (left) getting the plum seat next to President Obama.



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